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The Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE is an independent institute that develops social-ecological concepts for sustainable development. As an innovative scientific think tank we undertake transdisciplinary research for society, policy makers and industry – providing support for sound decision-making processes. ...read more

18.06.2018

Planning security for municipalities: Forecasting future water demand

Water (symbol picture)

One of the tasks of municipalities is to guarantee reliable water supply. However, realistic planning is becoming increasingly difficult as water demand depends on various influencing factors such as demographic and climatic developments as well as changing economic structures, new water...more


18.05.2018

Sustainable Water Resources Management: The book on CuveWaters, a transdisciplinary research and development project

Cover "Integrated Water Resources Management in Water-scarce Regions"

The goal of the German-Namibian project CuveWaters was to make sustainable use of different water sources in one of the driest regions of the world. Between 2004 and 2015 and under the head of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, scientists from various disciplines worked together with...more


07.05.2018

“Brilliant Minds” for transdisciplinary sustainability research: ISOE Summer School for young scientists

Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations

A sustainable creation of the future calls for the knowledge of many, including numerous scientific disciplines, but also the empirical knowledge of social actors. The transdisciplinary research approach is considered successful when it comes to bringing together interdisciplinary and...more


03.05.2018

Exotic mosquitoes in Hesse: Frankfurt research team investigates natural control

Asian bush mosquito Aedes japonicus (Copyright: James Gathany/CDC)

Summer temperatures entail mosquitoes and not only domestic ones. For some years now, exotic insects such as the Asian bush mosquito have emerged. An enrichment for biodiversity, but not harmless for humans: The Asian bush mosquito is a vector of infectious diseases for which no drug treatment is...more


29.03.2018

Solution strategies for reducing plastics in rivers and lakes

lake

Large quantities of microplastics are found not only in oceans, but also rivers and lakes are affected. However, little is known about the entry paths and occurring quantities with respect to inland waters. Since September 2017, the PLASTRAT research project has been investigating entry paths,...more


15.03.2018

UN World Water Day 2018 “Nature for Water”: Solutions for the global water crisis to be found (also) in nature

Planted facade

Can solutions to global water problems lie in nature itself? With this year’s motto for the World Water Day on 22 March, the United Nations is focusing on so-called nature-based solutions. This includes nature conservation measures that protect ecosystems and drinking water resources. ISOE –...more


21.03.2018

Water management for large cities – Example Coimbatore in South India

Purified water flows into a channel in the secondary clarifier

With 1.7 million inhabitants on about 250 square kilometers, Coimbatore is one of India's typical urban agglomerations. The population of the industrial city in the south of the country is estimated to grow by more than half over the next three decades. Securing water supply and wastewater disposal...more


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